After three years of waiting, Mobile Digital Television -offering free, live streaming digital TV to portables came closer to reaching the market. LG Electronics assigned an early 2010 release date for one of the first products to use the standard, a portable DVD player/personal digital TV combo.
Mobile DTV uses the same digital spectrum as local TV stations for HD programming and allows the broadcast of the same programs to portable devices. Broadcasters are already testing or airing the service in 29 markets, expected to grow to 70 by the end of the year.
The ATSC Mobile DTV standard allows broadcasters to use a portion of the existing 19.3Mbps DTV channel capacity to transmit data with very robust characteristics suitable for mobile, pedestrian and handheld products, said LG.